Chris Carrier (FR)
Chris Carrier is one of those rare kinds of artists that have an omnipresent quality and yet do not seek to make their name bigger than the music itself. You may not know it but there is a 99% chance you have experienced some dancefloor-based elation at the hands of the Parisian maestro. Releasing his first EP in 1994, he has over 20 years under his belt as a producer and DJ, with a huge back catalogue of releases. With all of that in his locker, Carrier remains ardent in his quest to create more and more classic material and is revered as one of the most prolific and gifted producers around today. Carrier’s influence stretches way back to the nineties when his Chronobrain label became ubiquitous within the French techno scene, its releases played at many of the most famous techno raves week-in, week-out. He served a mentorship under the legendary Guillaume la Tortue (co-owner of Chronobrain), who was a pioneer of the nineties French scene, working with him for five years in the early stages of his long-running career. As a DJ in the early nineties Chris’ obsession with music led to gigs at some of the early techno raves, held illegally in warehouses around Paris. In these formative years he not only asserted his diversity, flowing effortlessly between techno, drum n bass, hip-hop turntablism and house, but he also invested a large amount of time and energy in collecting an equally eclectic range of music. Often he would travel beyond the confines of his hometown to hit record shops overseas in shops such as Eight Ball (New York), Cisco (Japan) and Mr. Bongo (London), among many others. His dedication to the art of DJing provided Carrier with a superlative skillset and the ability to adapt to a wide range of genres and environments, whether it’s a vinyl-only set in an intimate club setting or a live set at the legendary Rex or Weather festival.
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